MA Series MA100C 100W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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Marshall has always sought to provide outstanding tone to guitarists of every budget, and with the new MA Series, all-tube Marshall tone is now more affordable than ever. The MA100C 100W combo was car... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Marshall has always sought to provide outstanding tone to guitarists of every budget, and with the new MA Series, all-tube Marshall tone is now more affordable than ever. The MA100C 100W combo was carefully designed by Marshall's R&D team using the same basic principles as all Marshall amps—to deliver colorful, dynamic, unmistakable Marshall tube tone in a road-ready package.

Attractive Looks
The aesthetics of the MA100C combo have been specially designed to create a look that stands apart from most other Marshall amps, while still retaining the essence of what people have become familiar with for over 45 years. Two orange LEDs illuminate the interior of the unit, highlighting the power tubes. This effect is visible through the fret cloth where the trusty white script logo is mounted onto a solid piece of transparent Perspex.

Tube Power And Tone Simply Executed
The MA100C is powered using the traditional Marshall mainstays of ECC83 double triode tubes in the preamp, and EL34 pentode tubes in the power amp. The layout and controls are kept simple, allowing you to explore unhindered the full potential of the all-tube tone within. The MA100C has separate EQ stages for both the Clean and Overdrive channels so you can optimally adjust each one without compromising the other. 2 -12" Eminence AX-75 speakers deliver all this great tone to awaiting ears. An extra benefit has been provided in the form of a tube-driven Boost function on the OD channel giving you, for example, a solo boost with more volume and gain. The amp also contains a spring reverb for use with all channels within the amp.

Intuitive And Practical
The MA100C combo was designed with the flexible control demanded by today's players in mind, but with a streamlined feature set to keep it cost effective. Whether in your own home or gigging, setting up the sounds and relative levels is very easy. The supplied footswitch assists live performance letting you toggle between settings like Clean to Overdrive, Clean to Boosted Overdrive, and Overdrive to Boosted Overdrive, ensuring maximum versatility.

Extras
Even though the MA range is designed as a no-frills, all-tube guitar amplifier, Marshall included a couple of extra features that allow for even more versatility. In addition to the all-tube preamp and power amp tone, MA amplifiers are equipped with an onboard spring reverb tank for an extra dimension to your sound. With the front-panel level control you can easily dial in how much you need for your own taste. All MA amplifiers are also equipped with a serial external effects loop for guitarists who want to add effects units into their sound. The nominal level of -10dBV is suited to stompboxes primarily, but not exclusively.

Features
  • 100W of all-tube Marshall tone
  • 2 channels
  • 3 ECC83 preamp tubes
  • 4 EL34 power tubes
  • 2 - 12" Eminence AX-75 speakers
  • Independent volume and 3-band EQ controls per channel
  • Gain, Crunch, and Balance controls on OD channel
  • Master Presence, Resonance, Reverb controls
  • Spring reverb
  • Serial effects loop
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
5 year parts/ 3 year labor warranty.


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4.1

(based on 15 reviews)

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Marshall MA 100C

Love it! I was skeptical about not being made in the U.K. but not any longer. The clean channel sounds, well, like a clean channel. The reverb is outstanding. It takes...Read complete review

Love it! I was skeptical about not being made in the U.K. but not any longer. The clean channel sounds, well, like a clean channel. The reverb is outstanding. It takes a short learning curve to dial in the overdrive and boost channels but that is merely a result of the amp being so versatile. Even at low volumes, the sustain is effective. The power is enough to work clubs or smaller theaters. Couple it with 2 MA412's, disconnect the internal speakers and you have pretty much all you need. The amp has great Marshall all valve tone at an affordable price. In my opinion, you can't go wrong.

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Amplifier: Made in Vietnam Speakers: Made in China What more do I need to say. It is an decent amp but is way overpriced. I figured because it was an all-tube Marshall it...Read complete review

Amplifier: Made in Vietnam Speakers: Made in China What more do I need to say. It is an decent amp but is way overpriced. I figured because it was an all-tube Marshall it would be awesome but I was very dissapointed. Also the first one that was shipped to me was broken. I sent it back and got another one this came shipped with the footswitch under the amp. The footswitch was broken. I called GC and ended up getting another footswitch. Both times the boxes the amps were shipped in were roughed up a little. My advice would be to try it at the store and decide for yourself. Unless i am just super unlucky and the amp has just been faulty both, times this amp is really not worth it DONT BUY!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simple, beautiful sounding amp

By ServoPedes

from Camp Lejeune, NC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

  • It's A Little Bit Heavy

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Jamming
  • Practicing

I've been using this amp since I came back from Afghanistan 2 years ago, and by God do I love the sound of it.
Bright clean channel, sounds terrific with my LP. The overdrive channel left me wanting more, sadly, but it is still very good.
I Use it mainly for jamming and practicing. I cannot vouch on its live performance merits as I'm yet to see it for myself.

The bottom line is that I love it, and I'd recommend it to anyone wanting that sweet Marshall tube sound on a budget.

 
4.0

well worth the price

By Bob

from Canada

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Overdrive

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

I love the clean channel it can be adjusted to suit any clean channel need. Really warm. The overdrive is okay, but kinda to grungy for my liking, but I got pedals I run through so I just leave it on clean. I also have a loop pedal and if I want to use the overdrive it goes after the loop, so it messes with the loop. So I wish that could be varied. But the overdrive is not horrible, but there is better. But hey, for the price this is well worth it, and even without I wouldn't pay thousands for anything when there is this.

(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

It's OK...But...

By Ty Phillips

from Upstate New York and LA

If I didn't already own two other Marshalls, one is one of the inexpensive MG series stacks and the other an old Valvestate 8040, I would have been impressed with this amp. My little Valvestate sounds better through one speaker than this one did with two. The tone was lacking and I had to send it back because my little 8040 weighs 1/3 and sounds 3 times as good!
Features were the standard Marshall features, nothing special!
This was a factory restock and one of the corners had come off and I had to reattach it with the loose screws I found in the box.
This was a good value for Marshall.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great and Affordable

By Bob Webb

from Canada

Only compliant is my cabinet came with a scratch out of the side, I superglued it and it looks like new, but it was a cosmetic defect that I wish hadn't been there. Other than that the sound is great, and I love having it!
This amp has what you need, an awesome clean tube tone with a reverb dial, and an overdrive, and a boost if that overdrive isn't enough. I love the bright clean! Now use the combo with an extention cab, and it sounds great. Look up the marshall video for the amp, and listen becuase it is for real. The footswitch is well designed, and strong.
I see nothing wrong with this amp's quality as long as you take care of it. The only differences I can see between this and the more expensive amps is that those have more overdrive channels, and metal knobs instead of plastic, which really doesn't matter because you can just go buy the overdrive you want if you want a second or third one for way less, and the knobs only get broken if you are careless.
This price for a brand spankin' new Marshall tube amp that sounds great, buy it!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Poor at best

By JIM YOUNG

from NY

I eagerly awaited the arrival of this amp, but was very dissappointed. I warmed it up, set all the knobs to zero, turned the stby to on and my guitar played sound thru the speakers with everything turned off. Then I turned up all the knobs and the overdrive channel did not work at all. Believe me, I reset the foot controller, made sure everything was connected correctly, and even just used the amps buttons but still no overdrive. The boosted OD did work but the crunch sound was not a Marshall sound. I even unplugged the 2X12's and connected my M412A cab and it still was pretty flat sounding. Exporting the work is really showing up on quality...

 
5.0

Great Little Amp

By ELI JOHNSON

from Lindstrom, MN

When I wanted to upgrade my amp from a Ibanez 100 combo to a tube amp. First thing I wanted to try out was a Marshall. I bought my BC Rich KKV into GC and played around with the 100 head verison of this. I was liked the tone and boast on the OD channel. So I placed the order and got the combo. Came into today played with it on my son's Epiphone Explorer and Yes I know a happy sound marriage is a Marshall and a Gibson. The sound was crisp on the OD channel and the clean I love it. Great to play some nice SRV style licks. Now the KKV. Had to play around with the setting a little, but over all I love this little amp. The OD was crisp with the KKV and same with the clean channel. If you want a great tube amp without breaking you. I would go with this amp. I will say when you play it for the first time and your not used to tubed amp. Yes there will be a smell that comes from the amp. It's the tubes giving off heat from what I can gather.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Nice Amp!

By lance dial

from Melrose New Mexico

Just tried the Marshall 100C
I play lead and fiddle for a country/rock band. I don't need a bunch of knobs and dingers that takes a sound tech to operate. This amp is simple, full sounding and has all the bottom to high end sound you need if you're a pure player. I play a fender tele and only use a little delay and chorus and my band members were very impressed with our sound tonight. The tubes are quiet and punchy and I am really liking the sounds and tones I've experienced so far. I don't have much to say about the amp's distortion features because that's not my deal. The EQ is very responsive and even with a loud drummer like mine I never had to move the volume over 4. This is a simple plug and play rig that won't let you down,

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Should be a future classic!

By Todd-h6i9v

from Texas

FWIW If this amp were made in England it would be first of all twice the price, but would be hailed as the new standard classic Marshall! On the "clean" channel with a SRV Fender Strat I easily got the edgy thin twang of same. The "overdrive" channel is NOT buzzy, it is very smooth and classic rock, best distortion of any stock Marshall I've heard. Eric should try this one! It has a "crunch balance" and a "gain" knob and you vary the overdrive via both knobs. Of course it doesn't go all the way to metal, it would have to be buzzy to get there. This is one very good amp, I am really happy with it. And I haven't even changed the tubes yet!It's not all that heavy for a 212, either!The cabinet isn't ply or pine so I will be watching how it holds up. HAGO

(4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Ok...

By Boris

from Milledgeville

Amplifier: Made in Vietnam Speakers: Made in China What more do I need to say. It is an decent amp but is way overpriced. I figured because it was an all-tube Marshall it would be awesome but I was very dissapointed. Also the first one that was shipped to me was broken. I sent it back and got another one this came shipped with the footswitch under the amp. The footswitch was broken. I called GC and ended up getting another footswitch. Both times the boxes the amps were shipped in were roughed up a little. My advice would be to try it at the store and decide for yourself. Unless i am just super unlucky and the amp has just been faulty both, times this amp is really not worth it DONT BUY!

(26 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

1st tube amp

By Dave Wilde

from Sandston, VA

This is my first tube amp. I upgraded from a Line-6 Spider II to the MA 100C. So far, I am very pleased with my amp. It definitely lives up to the Marshall reputation. I use it for contemporary worship in my church and for playing rock and metal as a hobby. I was using Boss distortion pedals on my board, but am currently just using the onboard distortion effects for my drive in order to really get a feel for the amps capabilities. I must say, I am very impressed with the range of distortion I can get out of the amp. The boosted overdrive It isn't quite as "metal" as a metal pedal can give, but it is comparable and even warmer, which I was actually looking for in a distortion range. It gives some more mids in the boosted overdrive which fills out the sound. For a "no frills" amp, I am really surprised with the versatility of the amp. It may look like a "starter tube amp", but I think it is professional quality.

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